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Spaca Napoli in Chicago

Amazing Neapolitan Pizza by Jonathan Goldsmith

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Spacaa Napoli Keeping the Neapolitan Tradition alive

  • Oct 5, 2011
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Jonathan Goldsmith is an amazing pizzaiolo.

His love of pizza and the traditions of the masters of pizza inspired him to create Spacca Napoli .

Johnathan Goldsmith was a social worker. He spent much of his life working with people who had issues and problems. He was very good at his job. He was a master.

But his life took a turn when he discovered his love of pizza.

Johnathan traveled to Italy to learn from the best pizza makers on the planet. He worked and learned all he could. He discovered his love of pizza.

According to their website:

"Spacca Napoli Pizzeria was inspired by the authentic aroma, taste, and craft of pizza found on the streets and in the pizzerias in Naples. In fact, the food, wine and service at Spacca Napoli are all designed to reflect southern Italy's proud traditions and gracious hospitality."

The pizza at Spacca Napoli is outstanding. Steeped in the true Neapolitan style of creating pizza, it is one of best pizzerias in Chicago.

Here is their pizza menu:


Oregano, Garlic, Basil

Fior di Latte Mozzarella, Basil

Fior di Latte Mozzarella, Basil, Mushrooms

Fior di Latte Mozzarella, Basil, ltalian Sausage

Funghi e Salsiccia
Fior di Latte Mozzarella, Basil, Mushrooms, Italian Sausage

Basil, Mozzarella di Bufala, Olive Oil

Mozzarella di Bufala, Spicy Salami, Red Pepper Flakes, Basil

You can watch an interview I did with Jonathan. He decribes his pizza  inspiration and pizza passion:


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October 05, 2011
These are well prepared dishes.
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I'm a Pizza Promoter and Internet Marketer. I have a number of websites and blogs including   Pizza Therapy, Pasta Therapy, Legends of Pizzaand Albert Grande's Personal blog   … more
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From the Spacca Napoli website:

Spacca Napoli has been lauded for its authenticity (see "press"). "La tua pizza me ha fato piangere" (your pizza has made me cry) can be said to sum up some of the sentiment that has been heard and written. It is the intention that everything at Spacca Napoli be faithful to tradition, from the high quality of the food to the way it is served,. The oven was built by third- and fourth-generation artisans from Napoli. The dough mixer also comes from Italy

From Wikipedia:

Neapolitan pizza (pizza napoletana)
: Authentic Neapolitan pizzas are typically made with tomatoes and Mozzarella cheese.

They can be made with ingredients like San Marzano tomatoes, which grow on the volcanic plains to the south of Mount Vesuvius, and mozzarella di bufala Campana, made with the milk from water buffalo raised in the marshlands of Campania and Lazio in a semi-wild state (this mozzarella is protected with its own European protected designation of origin).[6]

According to the rules proposed by the Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana, the genuine Neapolitan pizza dough consists of wheat flour (type 0 or 00, or a mixture of both), natural Neapolitan yeast or brewer's yeast, salt and water. For proper results, strong flour with high protein content (as used for bread-making rather than cakes) must be used.

The dough must be kneaded by hand or with a low-speed mixer. After the rising process, the dough must be formed by hand without the help ...
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Address: 1769 W Sunnyside Ave, Chicago, IL
Phone: (773) 878-2420
Hours: Tue-Thu 5 pm - 9 pm
Cuisine: Italian
Price: $$
Attire: Casual
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